13th Annual Jacob’s Ladder Oyster Tasting

Join us to taste some succulent bivalves, enjoy scintillating company, and sustain an outstanding program – Jacob’s Ladder....

2023 Golf Tournament

The results are in! With fourteen teams participating, we were able to net $20,000 for the Jacob’s Ladder...

Students learn job and life skills through MHS program

Jacob’s Ladder Alumna Nai’ja Cooke stays involved in the community.

Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Goal

Our mission is to aid and encourage intellectually gifted, at-risk middle school through high school students to reach their full potential and become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations.

Offering a year-round enrichment and advocacy program, bolstered by a summer enrichment camp, middle school students receive support to foster their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Our high school advocacy program provides mentoring to assist with challenges, course selections, scholarship opportunities, and the college application process.

Our goal is to foster the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of these children, to provide support and information to the family unit, and to offer guidance in planning for advanced educational opportunities.

Camp Notes

Reflections on the Summer Program
Reflections on the Summer Program
As the 27th Jacob’s Ladder Enrichment Program ended, I knew one thing for certain…it was worth it! Although this year’s location at Christchurch School near Urbanna, Virginia brought challenges of space and scheduling, it demonstrated to all of us how working together reaps many blessings. At our first Chapel Talk, Mr. Hall reminded all of…
What the Summer Program is …
What the Summer Program is …
Jacob’s Ladder has been growing and changing since it was begun in 1991. Over the years, the accumulated knowledge and experience of the RAs (“Responsible Adults”), Teachers and Staff have influenced hundreds of students. So after 27 years of enrichment, 27 years of watching Climbers grow and gain confidence in themselves, 27 years of staff…
Praise from Teachers
Praise from Teachers
After working at the program this past summer, I cannot speak highly enough about Jacob’s Ladder and the positive impact the program is making on students. Dayna Walger Gifted Resource Teacher Colonial Heights Public Schools

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Make a donation today to support a Climber for the Summer Enrichment program.

How to Refer a Student to Jacob’s Ladder

If you are a Gifted Coordinator, Gifted Cluster or Resource Teacher, or School Counselor with a student you feel may be qualified for Jacob's Ladder, please review this document (PDF) for information and instructions for submitting a student application.

An updated application form is available now (PDF). You can right-click to download the form. Please note: dated signatures are required and the student section should be HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK. A checklist of items, including documentation of gifted identification, should accompany the application. There is no cost for application, and no cost for attending the program.